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    Question 'Is' or 'are' usage in this sentence??

    I am typing a brochure sample and asked my sister to look it over for a second set of eyes and mistakes.
    She said I should change 'is' to 'are' in one of my sentences but I don't agree.
    Could you look at it and explain the reason to use the correct choice.
    Also, should I have a comma after Jones and staff?
    It's been a while since I was in English class.
    Thanks so much!
    Monica

    Dr. Jones along with his entire staff is/are committed to providing
    you with a professional and caring dental experience.

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    Dr. Jones, along with his entire staff, is committed to providing
    you with a professional and caring dental experience.

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    Default Re: 'Is' or 'are' usage in this sentence??

    Technically, it should be "is."

    See this: Subject-Verb Agreement
    Phrases such as together with, as well as, and along with are not the same as and. The phrase introduced by as well as or along with will modify the earlier word (mayor in this case), but it does not compound the subjects (as the word and would do).
    • The mayor as well as his brothers is going to prison.
    • The mayor and his brothers are going to jail.
    However, it sounds discordant, doesn't it?

    So why not rewrite: Dr. Jones and his entire staff are ...

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